A brief introduction to human evolution

Course Dates: 31/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

You will learn about how our hominin ancestors evolved and lived and how new evidence has fundamentallly changed our understanding of this process. This concise exploration of the inter-disciplinary field of palaeoanthropology introduces radiometric dating, palaeontology and archaeogenetics.


What is the course about?

Human evolution is growing field of science which is consistently being refined as new evidence comes to light. In the latter half of the 19th century, most considered human evolution to be linear, from an ape-like ancestor to modern humans. As the decades passed, new evidence showed that human evolution reflected the evolution of flora and fauna of the planet. That is, some early hominins evolved to cope with changing climatic conditions and environmental change, while others died off. This created a bush-like map of our evolution and the evolution of our cousins. This course will track that evolution of understanding along with the advances made in dating and archaeogenetics.

What will we cover?

1. History of human evolution research
2. How we date our ancestors
3. Fieldwork today
4. Understanding past landscapes
5. The future of human evolutionary research.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Name and describe key human ancestors
• Discuss the history of the field
• Understand how we date human fossils
• Discuss how our ancestors interacted with other animals and plants.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all; no previous knowledge or special skills required. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.You will also need an open mind and a willingness to listen to other points of view in order to participate constructively in the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Interactive illustrated lecture; practical examination of specimens; group discussion and question and answer.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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The course is a fast-paced introduction to the current state of our knowledge of human evolution, with reference to up to date research, and the opportunity to handle casts of sample skulls and bone fragments. The current state of play is put into context with a comprehensive review of the history of our understanding of human evolution.
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Review by Terry Pyle / (Posted on 03/06/2019)
Go for it but you will need some prior knowledge - suitable for someone with a scientific background
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Review by DianeD / (Posted on 03/06/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Charles Clarke Tutor Website

Charles Clarke grew up in the midlands of Ireland and currently resides in Central London. He became interested sciences from an early age, eventually pursuing a career in archaeology, human evolution and the geological sciences. He successfully comleted a B.Sc. in Applied Archaeology at the Sligo Institute of Technology in 2011 and graduated with a M.Sc. in Palaeolanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University College London Institute of Archaeology in 2012. Over the years he has conducted work in Spain, France and Germany on various Late Pleistocene archaeological sites ranging in age from 120,000 years of age to 23,000 years of age. He began work as a commercial archaeologist in the UK in 2017 and has continued in this field to the present day. He still finds time to teach a number of courses at City Lit and enjoys talking about all aspects of archaeology, geology, palaeontology and palaeoanthropology.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HS141

Sun, day, 31 May - 31 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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